Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

Locals Protest The Shrinking Of The National Monuments

Locals Protest The Shrinking Of The National Monuments

"It is also an affront to Native American Tribes".

Trump had asked Zinke to reassess the status of more than two dozen monuments established since 1996.

Trump plans to shrink Bears Ears National Monument by nearly 85 percent and reduce Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by almost half. Grand Staircase-Escalante, which presently stretches 1.8 million acres in Garfield and Kane counties in southern Utah, would be divided into three new federal lands: Escalante Canyon National Monument, Grand Staircase National Monument, and Kaiparowits National Monument.

It was reported that the plan would be announced by US President Donald Trump when he visits Utah next Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.

"This action is illegal, unwarranted, and dismisses the more than 2.8 million people that petitioned President Trump to keep our national monuments fully intact", says a statement on the event's Facebook page. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and other Utah officials that he will follow the recommendations of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke regarding the monuments.

Trump is scheduled to visit Utah on Monday and deliver a speech at the Capitol, local media predicted that he would officially announce the decision to shrink size of the two monuments.

Bears Ears presently a 1.3-million-acre monument in Utah's San Juan County, would be divided into the Indian Creek National Monument and the Shash Jha National monument.

"He will not be able to bask in one day of applause at the Salt Lake City airport" before being sued, she said.

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